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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 22, 2013
SCRANTON, Pa. — A Catholic priest whose ministry included counseling troubled youths is facing charges in northeastern Pennsylvania after police say he admitted to sex acts with a 15-year-old boy.
The Rev. William Paulish was in Lackawanna County prison, unable to post $50,000 bail Friday. The charges include corruption of a minor, indecent exposure, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16. Court records did not list a lawyer for Paulish.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton reported that Paulish, 56, has been reassigned 15 times by the Diocese of Scranton after being ordained in 1988 and has had three separate leaves of absence.
The diocese did not respond to the newspaper's requests to explain the reassignments and absences. In a press release, the diocese said it removed Paulish from his assignment as assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge and suspended his ability to work as a priest.
Paulish and the boy were caught by Dunmore police after Penn State Worthington Scranton security guards reported the priest's car as suspicious when they saw it Thursday night parked near the tennis courts.
The boy did not have pants on when police arrived and both later admitted to performing sex acts, police said. Paulish told investigators that he arranged the meeting through an ad he posted on Craigslist, police said.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 19, 2013
Salt is more powerful than gawd
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 18, 2013
A student recently told a group of humanists in Texas in that she won a scholarship by standing up for her beliefs after her high school teacher compared atheism to smoking cigarettes.
At a Humanists of Houston meeting last week, 19-year-old Sara Elizabeth Sheppard explained that she decided to use her cell phone to record her high school economics professor after he “started to talk about religion in an inappropriate manner.”
During the one lecture, the teacher claimed that atheism was against human nature, and that “the mind rejects the concept of atheism” just like the body rejects smoking. The next week, he taught a lesson advocating prayer for a positive state of mind.
Sheppard provided the recordings to the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), which contacted the Katy school district. The school superintendent replied with a letter thanking Sheppard and FFRF.
“We have conducted a thorough investigation and have taken appropriate action,” the letter said.
A friend who was in the same class the next semester told Sheppard that the teacher had said that she “took away his right to talk about Jesus.”
Sara Elizabeth Sheppard @ Humanists of Houston August 2013
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 9, 2013
Business as usual…
An outspoken Catholic priest has launched an astonishing attack on the poor by labeling them ‘lying, drug-abusing illegitimates’.
Father Ray Blake wrote a furious blog denouncing the homeless, in an online post titled, ‘The Trouble With The Poor’.
He describes the poor as being ‘lying and messy’ people sent by God to test his faith.
Father Blake goes on to claim that one homeless man who regularly turned up at his church pleading for money was ‘an irritating little bastard’.
He accused the beggar of making a mess of his prayers as he passed his cap around his congregation looking for cash.
The controversial Catholic cleric said: ‘The trouble with the poor is that they are messy.
‘There is a secluded area between the church and our hall, a passage, occasionally we find someone has got a few cardboard boxes together and has slept there, and if it has been raining leaves a sodden blanket, cardboard there to be cleaned up.
‘Often it also smells of urine and there is often excrement there and sometimes a used needle or two.’
Father Blake describes how the destitute ‘ring the door bell at every hour of the day and night’ and ‘tell lies’ to get cash.
And he singles out one homeless man who interrupts his services by launching his own collection.
He writes: ‘During the silence of the Canon the man will pray aloud: ‘Jesus, I want you to bless Father Ray and God, can you persuade the good people here to give to the poor – I am poor’.
‘Unchecked he will take his cap off and have a collection. It makes a mess of our prayers – it stops some coming to Mass here.’
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 22, 2013
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 20, 2013
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 19, 2013
BBC One 18 August 2013
P.S. Religion is stupid.. Fact!
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on July 31, 2013
Dozens of pupils at exclusive Roman Catholic boarding schools in Scotland have alleged they were sexually and physically abused by monks, one of whom allegedly raped at least five boys.
Nine Benedictine monks who taught at the Fort Augustus Abbey school in the Highlands and its preparatory school in East Lothian have been accused of repeatedly beating, sexually assaulting and verbally abusing boys in their care over several decades.
One monk, Father Aidan Duggan, who taught at Fort Augustus and Carlkemp prep school, which both closed in the 1990s, was accused by five ex-pupils of raping and sexually abusing them, but they claim their allegations were ignored and rejected by two headteachers, according to the BBC.
Duggan, an Australian, died in 2004 after returning to become a parish priest in Sydney.
Another priest, Father Chrysostom Alexander, now 77, is also alleged to have abused one pupil at the Fort Augustus school in the 1970s.
Alexander, also an Australian, returned to work in Sydney and has now been suspended by the Catholic church after he was challenged about the allegations by a BBC journalist. Alexander did not respond to the allegations.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on July 27, 2013
For the first time, traditionally Catholic Ireland is allowing an atheist group to perform weddings. And the response is overwhelming. Previously, couples who sought non-religious weddings could have only civil ceremonies.
Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed an atheist group to perform weddings this year for the first time, and the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by hundreds of couples seeking their services.
Demand for the Humanist Association of Ireland’s secular weddings has surged as the moral authority of the once almighty Catholic Church collapsed in recent decades amid sex abuse scandals and Irish society’s rapid secularization.
Until now, those who did not want a religious wedding could have only civil ceremonies. Outside of the registrar’s office, only clergy were permitted to perform weddings.
But statistics show rising demand for non-Church weddings. In 1996, 90 percent of Irish weddings were performed by the Catholic Church or the Church of Ireland. But by 2010 that percentage had fallen to 69 percent.
The pent-up demand from those who want more than a civil ceremony in a registry office but reject a religious wedding has created a major backlog for the humanist group’s ceremonies director.
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